Dipolydora capensis (Day, 1955)

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Common, Indigenous


Prostomium rounded. Caruncle to chaetiger 3.D_capensis_frontpage_watermarked Notochaetae present on chaetiger 1. Modified spines on chaetiger 5 simple hooks. Hooded hooks present from chaetiger 7; 3-5 per ramus, posteriorly lose hoods and smaller fang, becoming unidentate (2-3). Short spines with nototchaetae in posterior. Pygidium small with 4 lobes.

20 mm for 100 segments


Southwest to southeast coast

Very abundant on shells of wild molluscs, and sometimes on cultured abalone.

Produces planktotrophic larvae, through most of the year.


Citation: Simon C. A. and van Niekerk S. E. (2012), Dipolydora capensis (Day, 1955) modified May 2015, The Simon Polychaete Lab- http://thesimonpolychaetelab.com/%ef%bb%bfdipolydora-capensis/, Date Accessed:June 24, 2019.